Rally the Directioners because Harry Styles is back. Building hype around his solo material for quite a while, he’s had fans bubbling with excitement for a long time, including Father John Misty who tweeted out earlier this year: “harry’s new album is FUCKING INSANE”. And now we’ve got our first glimpse with indie-pop ballad “Sign of the Times”. Featuring his classic growling vocals which can turn grown men and women into sobbing, screaming messes, it’s a fantastic debut and an exciting peek at what’s to come.
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Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Charlie Fink – “Firecracker”
Former Noah & The Whale frontman, Charlie Fink, has returned with the first track from his debut album, Cover My Tracks. Showcasing his unique vocals and beautiful songwriting, lead track “Firecracker” is a stunning indie-folk song brimming with emotion. With the album set for release on 2nd June, get ready to welcome Charlie back with open arms. And be thankful that it’s not been “5 Years Time”… Get it?
The Blaze – “Territory”
If Barry Jenkins, the incredible director of Moonlight, tells you something’s great, chances are it’s probably pretty damn great. So when he describes French duo The Blaze’s video for “Territory” as “THE best piece of art I’ve seen in 2017 HOT DAMN!”, you know you’ve got to check it out. The title track from their debut EP, it’s a melodic and gorgeous dance track, full of emotive and poignant lyrics. Check out the debut EP below.
Frank Ocean – “Biking” (feat. Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator)
Released on his Beat’s One show on Friday, Frank Ocean has dropped his newest track “Biking”. His show has become a testing ground for new singles, having previously previewed “Slide” and “Chanel”, and saw Friday’s last song spot go out to the acoustic-led single featuring Jay Z and Tyler, The Creator. Using bike metaphors to highlight experiences within the music industry, it’s a great track that you’ll be playing on repeat.
Carmen Rosa – “Give Me Love”
Carmen Rosa has just released the second song from her debut EP, “Wild One”, which is out on 9th May. Carmen describes the beautiful piano ballad as, “about the simple desire to be loved by a person who is too afraid to truly love you back. Or that maybe you’re both too afraid to admit that the relationship would not survive without the self destruction and drama.” The incredible accompanying video features Swim Deep’s Austin Williams as his drag alter-ego, Ginger George, and was directed by Bella Howard. Cinematic and captivating, the video reflects the striking excellence of the song, and we can’t wait to hear more.
Mac DeMarco – “On The Level”
Mac DeMarco has given us yet another teaser of upcoming album, This Old Dog, with newest offering “On The Level”. Fuzzy and funky, Mac says of the track, “This record has a lot to do with my family and my life right now and the way I’m feeling. One of the main goals for this record was trying to make sure I retained some kind of realness. That’s the bottom line.” Following “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man”, we’re almost too excited for the 5th May album release now.
Meadowlark – “Postcards”
Pop duo Dan Broadley and Kate McGill are back with their beautifully chilled new track, “Postcards”. The title track of upcoming debut album, which is set for release in June, is a glistening example of what the pair have up their sleeves, and we can’t wait to have a listen to more.
Her – “Swim” (feat. Zefire)
Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier are back with their new EP “Her Tape #2” and the video for lead track “Swim”. Playing together since they met in high school, the French duo’s new track is a synth laden uplifting soulful track, and marks a change in coarse from their previous lusty records. Talking on the track, the pair said, “As artists, we wanted to put across a positive message, encouraging people to think differently and accept their own and others’ uniqueness.”
Staycations – “Ophelia”
Cambridge 5-piece Staycations are about to make you long for summer even more. With their sun-soaked indie hooks, their dreamy sound is the perfect soundtrack to warm summer nights. And newest track “Ophelia” is no exception. Fusing hypnotic rhythm and riffs, the track is a classic indie gem and we love it.
CAT – “Weapon Of War”
CAT, aka Catherine Pierce, has just dropped her beautiful new single “Weapon of War”. Speaking on the track, CAT explains, “Weapon of War is about leaving an abusive relationship and learning to trust someone new after going through that trauma. There’s a certain shame that comes on after abuse. People wonder if it’s their fault or if they are worthy of love. It’s about the beauty that can happen in the healing of the pain.” Poignant and powerful, the track is spine-tingling and stunning, and we can’t get enough.
SAINT WKND – “Make You Mine” (feat. Boy Matthews)
Following on from his incredible debut “Golden”, SAINT WKND is back with his second release, “Make You Mine”. Mixing electro, funk and indie elements, the track is crazily catchy and an instant dance floor filler. The thumping track features the brilliant Boy Matthews and is the next track taken from debut EP “Golden Youth”. Get your dancing shoes on, because SAINT WKND is bound to be the go to guy at the clubs this summer.
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